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Dog Project

Learn to train a dog for agility, obedience, showmanship or as an ideal pet. Topics include canine behavior, breed characteristics, diseases, ethics, grooming, health, nutrition, responsible breeding, service dogs, therapy dogs, dog-related careers, and the wide array of dog sports. You can also choose to compete in the 4-H county or state dog show.

dog agility on blue ramp


Important project information:

To view county or local club events, visit the county website.

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Train the Trainer: A 4-H Dog Project Leader Training Workshop

This is only for youth leaders of high school age and adult leaders who train in county programs - not for youth leaders/parents who want to experience more of the Minnesota 4-H Dog Project. Must pre-register by April 1st! More info.

  • April 9, 2016, Bloomington Obedience Training Club, Bloomington, Minnesota
  • April 30, 2016, Wadena

    Super Session: A 4-H Dog Project Training Workshop

    4-H dog owners bring their dogs to this training and networking workshop for youth age third grade and older, their families, trainers, potential trainers, youth and adult leaders. More info.

    • 2016 Dog Super Session, June 11-12, 2016
    • Redwood County Fairgrounds, Redwood Falls, Minnesota
    • Pre-register by May 23, 2016
    • $30 per person for weekend, $20 per person for 1 day only
    Redwood County Fairgrounds, Redwood Falls
  • Dog Project State Fair Showcase

    The state dog committee likes to highlight the Minnesota 4-H Dog project at the Minnesota State Fair during the livestock encampment weekend, and needs youth from the 4-H dog project to be involved in this showcase. This is a great opportunity to help promote the Minnesota 4-H Dog Project and we need lots of help to make this a success! More info.

    Minnesota 4-H State Dog Show

    The Minnesota 4-H State Dog Show is an annual event held in the fall after the Minnesota State Fair. The state show consists of agility, obedience, and showmanship events. To be eligible for the state show, 4-Hers must first qualify at their county level. More info

    • September 24-25, 2016 - Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul

    4-H Regional & State Project Bowls

    Project Bowls are an exciting way for youth to explore a project area. Teams compete in quiz competitions with questions about specific project areas. Project Bowls are available for Dairy, Dog, General Livestock (Beef, Sheep & Swine), Horse, Poultry, Rabbit and Wildlife projects. Winners of the Regional Bowls advance to the State Bowl. More Info

    Minnesota State Fair

    4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. Over 7,000 4-H youth have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and 4-H promotion. More info

Beginning to learn about dogs:

Some experience with this project:

Looking for a challenge:

Learning resources for all levels:

Dog Project areas

Showmanship

Score sheets

Rally

Agility

Score sheets

Obedience

Score sheets

Other online resources

Additional resources for 4-H dog project:

Contact

To get involved with the 4-H Dog Project, contact your county 4-H office.

Brad Rugg, State program director, science of agriculture & fairs
ruggx002@umn.edu
612-624-8443

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